To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab
Feigned a story in such form and manner as had been delivered to the king, that it might be accommodated and applied to the case of Absalom, and to transfer it in a figure to the king, to use the apostle's phrase, ( 1 Corinthians 4:8 ) ;
and my lord [is] wise, according to the wisdom of an angel
as not only to understand the design of this fable or parable, but of such sagacity and penetration as to find out the author of it; and even
to know all [things] that [are] in the earth;
either in the whole world, or rather in the land of Israel; and it is to be understood not of all actions natural and moral done by men in it, which would be to ascribe omniscience to him; but of all political things, all things respecting civil government; that he had such a spirit of discerning of men and things, that nothing could be said or done, or scheme formed, but he got intelligence of it, and insight into it; and which was carrying the compliment to a great height.